Winter White Holiday Cake ~ I think it’s safe to say there’s a lot of baking going on right now for the holidays. This Winter White Holiday Cake is something different. It isn’t the traditional Christmas cookies or the Christmas cake filled with all kinds of dried fruits and nuts. Instead this cake has two of my favourite ingredients! The first is flaked coconut that is baked into the cake and added on top of the frosting around the cake. The second is pecans baked into the cake that give it a nice subtle crunchy texture and add to how tasty it is.
This is a cake that has three layers stacked on top of each other with a layer of frosting between each layer. The frosting is spread around and on top of the cake and to give it a final wintery look. Electric blue sparkling sugar is sprinkled on top and white-flaked coconut is spread around the side of the cake.
Here’s a tip I use whenever I frost a layered cake. Before placing your baked and unfrosted cake on the serving platter or cake stand, place four sheets of wax paper covering each side. Be sure to make it so you can easily pull it out from underneath after the cake has been frosted.
Here’s another tip for making sure the sparkling sugar stays on top of the cake and doesn’t end up on the sides when sprinkling it on. Gently cover the sides of the cake with wax paper so that it covers from the bottom up to about an inch above the cake.
The coconut is pretty easy to gently press against the sides of the cake into the frosting.
I baked this Winter White Holiday Cake for what I think is a pretty special reason. It’s my birthday today and it’s my birthday cake! If you have a birthday in December that is pretty close to either side of Christmas Day or even on Christmas Day I am sure you can relate. I made it quite clear a long time ago when I was a child and I still stick to this opinion that the two celebrations were to be kept separate. I remember many birthdays that had to be shared with a Christmas concert at school or in church, having to study for final exams for the university school term and later when I became a teacher often having to work in the evening at a Christmas Open House or concert at the school.
I also made it clear to the people close to me that I was not to receive a Christmas card that said ‘Happy Birthday’ or have a gift wrapped in Christmas paper instead of birthday paper. One other thing that tends to happen when your birthday is close to Christmas is sometimes I received a gift that said that this was to count as both my birthday and my Christmas gift. Don’t get me wrong. I am always appreciative of everything but it’s nice to have a birthday recognized on its own even though it happens to fall during one of the busiest times of the year.
This Winter White Holiday Cake is a perfect birthday cake or dessert to serve during the winter holiday season! It still looks very ‘Wintery’ without looking too ‘Christmassy’ and it still looks like a very special birthday cake!
Here’s the printable recipe for Winter White Holiday Cake…
- 4 egg whites, room temperature
- 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 egg yolks, room temperature
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1-cup buttermilk
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans
- flaked coconut
- electric blue sparkling sugar
- 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
- 6 cups icing (confectioners) sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
- For the cake preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Beat egg whites until stiff. Set aside.
- Cream butter and sugar well. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until fluffy.
- Stir flour and salt together in small bowl.
- Stir baking soda into buttermilk
- Add flour mixture to egg yolk mixture in 3 parts alternately with buttermilk in 2 parts, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
- Fold in coconut and pecans. Fold beaten egg whites into batter.
- Spread in 3 greased 8 or 9-inch (20 or 22 cm) layer baking pans.
- Bake in oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.
- For the frosting beat butter, icing sugar, vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk on low speed in a large mixing bowl until moistened.
- Beat for 1-½ minutes adding additional milk to achieve spreading consistency.
- Spread between layers and over the top and sides of cake.
- For decorating the cake sprinkle electric blue sparkling sugar over top of cake.
- Press flaked coconut into sides of frosted cake.
I love the wintery colours of blue, teal and silver. Here’s a tablescape I created using that colour scheme:
I also seem to really like pretty blue cakes! Here is a delightful cake that also makes a fabulous birthday or Easter cake. It too is a family favourite!
Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to share my favourite birthday cake recipe with you! Do you have any birthdays close to Christmas in your family or amongst your friends?
Here’s a pinnable image for you to pin for a later reference!